Friday, November 15, 2019
Donald Trump is supposed to publish his tax returns, but his lawyers are doing everything they can to prevent it. Now the Supreme Court is to decide. There, however, conservative judges make the majority.
In the dispute over the issuance of his tax records, US President Donald Trump moves to the Supreme Court to prevent disclosure of the documents. Trump's lawyers argue in an application filed Thursday with the US Supreme Court that no criminal investigation is allowed against an incumbent US president. A court of appeal in New York last week dismissed arguments by Trump's attorneys who are trying hard to prevent the disclosure of tax records. The appeals court followed a New York judge's ruling from early October. This paved the way for the public prosecutor's office to request Trump's personal tax returns and those of his corporation over the past eight years with a so-called subpoena, ie under penalty of punishment. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said they are now applying to the Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the appeals court. "In our motion, we claim that the Subpoena violates the US Constitution and therefore has no binding force." Conservative judges have a majority in the Supreme Court, two of whom were named by Trump himself. If the appeal is made, a final decision could only be made after the presidential elections in November 2020. Trump broke with tradition Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance had requested tax returns from Trump's accounting firm as part of an investigation into alleged false-money payments to two women. Both women claim to have had an affair with the former Baumogul and reality TV star. The President rejects the allegations. His lawyers tried to legally block the prosecution's request for the documents. Trump has never published his tax returns so far, which gives his critics the suspicion that he has something to hide. Normally, US presidential candidates publish their tax returns during the election campaign. Democrats in the US House of Representatives have also been trying for months to force Trump to hand over his tax returns.